Dustin Pickering (Western Voices 2022)

Bio: Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press and founding editor of Harbinger Asylum. He has contributed writing to Huffington PostCafé Dissensus EverydayThe Statesman (India), Journal of Liberty and International AffairsThe Colorado ReviewWorld Literature Today, and several other publications. He is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. He placed in the top 100 out of 12,500 entries for the erbacce prize in 2021, and was a finalist in Adelaide Literary Journal’s first short fiction contest. He was also honored by the Friends of Guido Gozzano. He hosts the popular interview series World Inkers Network on Youtube. 


Prayer of the Calling



Sweetness of voices calling the ineffable from wastelands of sorrow, do you know me? Am I worthy of the parting sea? Will love vanquish my heart in terrors of dream? Beauty is my bowstring from which great renditions run slight, carrying waters of soul, dreams of color immersed in floods of salvation. And do I cry at seeking you, o Lord?




Spring Rains


Spring rains will never come.

Tranquility of heart will never come.

My love has sought another,

another for his comforts.

My joy is vanquished!


Love, once fertile, now is memory:

dead on the vines, the grapes

wither and fall to the earth.

Spring rains will not come!




My Dear Dying Love

Perfection dreams of the imperfect

so the art of correction may usurp

the needless flaw.

And you are the shining grifter of my life,

such autonomous suicide,

a glad peasant offering reconciliation.


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